Cerebral Palsy & the Winter Challenges

Published February 18, 2018

The 2018 Winter Olympics are currently underway in Pyongyang, South Korea. The GB team are hoping for a record number of gold medals, five, to be exact. However, serious weather conditions are threatening to disrupt a number of sporting events. In short, South Korea have adopted Britain’s attitude to snow by cancelling everything. We all hope the GB team continue the great work from London 2012 and Rio 2016 to continue to break records and have the best ever winter Olympic Games. When I read this story, it got me thinking of how much the cold weather can affect me […]

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New Year’s resolutions: Four ways to stay motivated

Published January 5, 2018

2018 is finally here! After an interesting 2017 so to speak, I’m sure all of you are looking ahead to new challenges to tackle. Maybe you are finally putting that £40 a month gym membership you signed up two years ago to good use, to shave off those mince pies and Christmas pudding. Many of us, including myself say we are finally going to redecorate the bathroom. As January slips by and as February appears we still haven’t started and before you know it 2019 is here. As the saying goes, “New Year New Me”. These four simple tips to […]

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October: Disability Employment Awareness Month

Published November 3, 2017

This past October was Disability Employment Awareness Month. The annual celebration of Disability Employment Awareness Month aims to raise awareness of lack of employment opportunities for disabled people, while also recognizing the contributions that disabled people to both the workplace and our society. PACE are proud to have contributed to this goal by helping some of our members gain employment. There are still many barriers preventing disabled people gaining employment. A paper published by Papworth trust in 2016 highlights some key issues facing young disabled people looking for work in the UK. For example, did you know there are “11.9 […]

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Make Disabled Parking Great Again!

Published August 31, 2017

I made a promise to myself on how long I could go on and not talk about disabled parking, a topic that many disabled people know and love…. Unfortunately, today’s the day I break my promise. While I was having my usual breakfast of Shreddies cereal watching the news, one particular news story caught my attention. The Royal Surrey Hospital in Guildford has announced controversial plans to start charging the use of disabled parking regardless of if they have a disabled badge. The news story had an accompanying interview with Nick Markwick who represented the Surrey coalition of the disabled. […]

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PACE Boccia: The Journey

Published August 23, 2017

Recently, Pace Boccia were crowned the National League champions. It is the biggest achievement in Pace’s history (so far…) so I thought it would be fitting to look back and remember the key events that helped us become National League Champions. Let’s take a look back at some highlights that got us to where we are today! PACE Charitable Trust was formed in 2004 with the goal of delivering sport and leisure activities to young disabled people.  When PACE started it was a small group of close friends and one of the sports was proposed was Boccia, along with cricket […]

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The Music Festival Experience

Published June 30, 2017

The Glastonbury Festival takes place this weekend.  It is the biggest festival of the year where the best bands in the world come to play for thousands of people. This year’s line-up promises to be no exception with headliners like the Foo Fighters, Ed Sheeran and personally, the one I’m looking forward to the most, Radiohead. With Glastonbury coming up, I thought there would be no better time like the present to talk about a topic very close to me – going and enjoying music concerts as a disabled person. Admittedly, I have never been to Glastonbury before but it’s […]

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Barriers in Sport: Dealing with Defeat

Published April 13, 2017

This past weekend was the BE Cup playoff competition. For those who didn’t read the brilliant BE playoff reviews (Written by yours truly). If you place third or above you progress to the BE Cup finals in Sheffield. This naturally is a big competition for everyone in the Boccia world. It was a long day for me at least for a Sunday, I usually start the day at 12 but alas I was getting ready for my first match at 9am. The things I do for Boccia. I started off well (for more info read the brilliant playoff review) winning […]

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Barriers in Sport: Managing Confidence

Published March 17, 2017

What is confidence? Or to feel confident? “A feeling of self-assurance arising from an appreciation of one’s own abilities or qualities’. “The innate belief that you have the skill/ability to overcome situations you are likely to face” It affects everything we do in life. Our work, social life and day to day activities. I won’t cover all those topics in one blog post, to do so would be an example of over confidence! PACE Boccia will begin their National Boccia League campaign this weekend, a pan-disability competition open to all disabled athletes. The PACE B team will compete against the […]

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Barriers in Sport: The First Step

Published February 7, 2017

It’s the start of 2017 and the world feels a markedly different place from this time last year. Of course, no one would have guessed that Donald Trump would be President, Power Rangers would be rebooted and Twin Peaks will finally be returning. But, that’s not the big change I’m alluding to from last year to this. As of the 9th of January 2017, I am officially in employment. I know what you’re thinking, you’ve looked at the title “Barriers in Sport” and just read the first paragraph, thinking this has nothing to do with sport and I just have […]

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Boccia Nationals 2014

Published April 10, 2014

This years Boccia National Championships were PACE’s most successful yet. I came in third place in the BC1 category which is a personal best for me and because of that achievement I haven’t yet been disowned by my family, so I guess you can’t win them all!   The Nationals for me were proof that I’ve improved as a player since last year, demonstrated by my match against a new player called Zoe.   I won’t bore you with the details of the whole match because honestly I don’t remember most of it. I had a chance to score three […]

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